Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida can still take Up-Close Tours of the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Control Center and Launch Pad in 2013. In addition, families purchasing a paid adult admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex receive a free admission for a child age 11 and under through January 7. According to a news release, you need to mention the free child admission offer at the front gate ticket plaza when buying your tickets at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The offer is also not available for purchase in advance.
The Kennedy Space Center Up-Close Tours offer “…rare behind-the-scenes accesses [to areas at KSC] that have been off limits to the public for decades.” The tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building, for example, includes a look within one of the tallest buildings in the world – at 525 feet – where Apollo rockets and the space shuttles were put together. Tours of the Launch Control Center will allow you inside the Firing Room, where “…NASA directors and engineers supervised all of the launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs.” The Launch Pad Tour will take visitors “…to one of the launch pads from which the space shuttles and Saturn V moon rockets were launched.” That type of tour of the launch pads has not been offered in the 50-years that the Kennedy Space Center has operated. Note that the Launch Control Center and Launch Pad Tours are open only through March 31. However, the tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building “…has been extended through 2013.”
The Kennedy Space Center is located around 60 miles south of Daytona Beach, taking I-95 south. Click here to access Driving Directions at the KSC website. You can also call 877-313-2610 for more information.
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